President Museveni has called upon farmers to maintain the production of milk to satisfy the available industries that are now adding value to the product.
He made the statement while meeting dairy cattle farmers from the cattle corridor at his country home in Rwakitura, Kiruhura District on Saturday.
Mr Museveni advised the farmers to feed their cattle during the dry spells to ensure consistency in milk production.
“I called you so that we exchange ideas, because this area had developed as a result of people abandoning subsistence farming and engaging in commercial agriculture, subsequently, the standard of living in this area has improved. This has encouraged me and consequently I invited investors to processes this milk to serve a wider market,” he said.
“However, now am getting embarrassed because for example the factory here in Rushere -Amos diaries, requires 500,000 liters per day, but the supply from this area comes to about 300,000. In my view the two serious issues that have caused reduction in milk production are; underfeeding cattle during dry spells and ticks that are causing diseases,” he added.
President Museveni then assured farmers that mechanisms have been put in place to purchase chemicals and build a laboratory in the area that will help diagnose diseases affecting the animals.
To ensure that the correct chemicals will be used for treating cattle as well as eradicating ticks in the area, he informed farmers that the sale of animal drugs will be done through one knowledgeable agent and instructed the Minister of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries to design a statutory instrument that will enforce this, such that specific agents acquire drugs directly from the manufactures and handle animal drugs sales, as opposed to the current situation where retail drug shops that are spread across the country do the sales and are not monitored properly.